Due to the corona crisis, we receive questions about the current U.S. travel restrictions as well as about the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations that apply upon entry and within the United States. We therefore provide general information regarding quarantine in the U.S. and also refer to the current COVID-19 / quarantine regulations of all U.S. states.
With the fall of the Travel Ban, travel to the U.S. can once again take place since November 8, 2021, albeit under strict hygiene guidelines.
The new regulation largely lifts the regulations for foreign travelers from certain countries that had been established until then and instead introduces a uniform global regulation.
The U.S. government requires air travelers worldwide to present either a
Only airline crewmembers (C-1/D visas), certain U.S. government personnel, military personnel, and travelers under two years of age are exempt from the testing requirement.
The basis for these additional measures is the global airline testing order "Requirement for negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 for all airline or other aircraft passengers arriving into the United States from any foreign country." The order applies to direct and connecting flights to the U.S. by travelers who are two years of age or older and imposes specific requirements regarding the COVID-19 test or confirmation letter.
Individuals who have previously had COVID-19 must provide evidence of their recovery.
Anyone entering the United States under these requirements after January 26, 2021, will receive an attestation from the airlines, which must be signed.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, stricter entry controls and quarantine requirements have applied and continue to apply.
Although the entry procedure may vary depending on the U.S. state or port of entry, general hygiene and distance rules (face mask requirement, certain distance away from other people, regular hand washing, etc.) apply:
On-site quarantine regulations and sanitation measures – i.e., after entry into the U.S. has occurred – will vary based on the vaccination status of individuals traveling beginning November 8, 2021:
|COVID-19 vaccinated||COVID-19 unvaccinated|
|Mask requirement||Wearing mouth/nose covering is required indoors on public transportation and in U.S. transportation hubs (including airplanes).||Wearing mouth/nose covering is required indoors on public transportation and in U.S. transportation hubs (including airplanes).|
|Other requirements||CDC recommendation:
Since the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is subject to almost constant fluctuations, quarantine rules and regulations in the 50 states are constantly being adapted.
The quarantine and COVID-19 regulations within the U.S. are very different, which makes it difficult for U.S. travelers to always stay informed. While there are strict quarantine regulations in some U.S. states (Alaska, Hawaii, etc.), there are hardly any regulations in other regions of the United States. Companies and their employees must therefore make sure they are aware of the current regulations in the U.S. state through which the employees wish to enter the country.
In this context, it is important to note that more and more states are requiring either a home quarantine or a negative COVID-19 test not older than three days, even for travel within the United States. This means that you may need to take into account regulations of several states when planning your travel route in the United States.
Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website for information about COVID-19 testing sites.
In the following we refer in detail to the official COVID-19 safety information of the individual U.S. states. This list is in alphabetical order.
|COVID-19 guidelines of the 50 U.S. states|
|Alabama||Tourism Department||Department of Public Health|
|Alaska||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health and Social Services|
|Arizona||Office of Tourism||Department of Health Services|
|Arkansas||Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism||Department of Health|
|Colorado||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Public Health & Environment|
|Connecticut||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Public Health|
|Delaware||Tourism Office||Division of Public Health|
|Florida||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|Georgia||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Public Health|
|Hawaii||Tourism Authority||State Department of Health|
|Idaho||Department of Commerce - Tourism Development||Department of Health and Welfare|
|Illinois||City of Chicago COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Public Health|
|Indiana||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|Iowa||Tourism Office||Department of Public Health|
|Kalifornien||Office of Tourism||Department of Public Health|
|Kansas||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health and Environment|
|Kentucky||Team Kentucky||Department for Public Health|
|Louisiana||Travel Association||Department of Health|
|Maine||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health and Human Services|
|Maryland||Office of Tourism||Department of Health|
|Massachusetts||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Public Health|
|Michigan||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health and Human Services|
|Minnesota||Tourism Office||Department of Health|
|Mississippi||Development Authority||State Department of Health|
|Missouri||Division of Tourism||Department of Health and Senior Services|
|Montana||Office of Tourism||Department of Public Health and Human Services|
|Nebraska||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health and Human Services|
|Nevada||COVID-19 Advisory||Division of Public and Behavioral Health|
|New Hampshire||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health and Human Services|
|New Jersey||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|New Mexico||Tourism Department||Department of Health|
|New York||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|North Carolina||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health and Human Services|
|North Dakota||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|Ohio||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|Oklahoma||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|Oregon||Tourism Commission||Health Authority, Public Health Division|
|Pennsylvania||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|Rhode Island||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|South Carolina||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health and Environmental Control|
|South Dakota||Department of Tourism||Department of Health|
|Tennessee||Department of Tourist Development||Department of Health|
|Texas||Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism||Department of State Health Services|
|Utah||Office of Tourism||Department of Health|
|Vermont||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|Virginia||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
|Washington, D.C.||COVID-19 Advisory|
|Washington||Tourism Alliance||State Department of Health|
|West Virginia||Tourism Office||Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health|
|Wisconsin||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health Services|
|Wyoming||COVID-19 Advisory||Department of Health|
For more information about current quarantine regulations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Please note that the final decision on to the eligibility of each individual to enter the United States is made by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the border.
Depending on the requirements of the destination country, a new Corona test may also be required when leaving the United States.
The reason for this is that strict entry regulations apply to individuals traveling (back) to Germany, for instance, from a high risk area such as the United States.
In any case, please contact the respective local authorities for information on the currently applicable regulations.
Updated on 8.11.2021